Scott Durrah, First African-American Licensed Dispensary Owner, To Run For Denver City Council.

COLORADO: Scott Durrah, owner of Simply Pure Dispensary and longtime Denver resident, has announced his candidacy for NW Denver, District 1 City Council.  With the rise of politically diverse voices emerging across the country, Durrah, a Marine veteran, long-time entrepreneur and activist who has campaigned for many officials from President Obama to Colorado’s recently-elected and newly dubbed “Pot Governor” Jared Polis, believes now is the time to join the race and represent his community.
Scott Durrah For Denver City Council“I’m running to take a principled stand for residents of this district on a wide range of issues including an emphasis on community focused development and addressing the ongoing concerns with our infrastructure at a time of hyper growth,” says Durrah.Over the last decade, Northwest Denver has seen significant changes, especially in the relationship between residents and development. The growing population and rise in rental costs and property values have pushed out many long-time locals and small business owners. Durrah, who has solid relationships with old and new community members says, “there must be a bridge that connects real solutions to our growing community issues.”

Durrah and wife Wanda James have owned and operated five businesses employing over 100 people in their 13 years as homeowners and residents of NW Denver.  The couple is known in Colorado politics as fundraisers for President Obama’s National Finance Committee and are nationally known for their work in social justice and advancing the legalization of cannabis. Scott’s television appearances include The Daily Show, CBS This Morning’s “Eat, Drink & Be Merry” and VICE as a professional chef and as an advocate for medical marijuana education.

As the first African-American in the United State to receive a legal vertical cannabis distribution, cultivation and production license, Durrah is also among a growing number of voices speaking to the political power of cannabis.  Across the country, from 2020 presidential hopefuls to local elections, candidates are throwing their support behind cannabis legalization and its potential to generate tax revenue for community reinvestment, as well as beginning to address long-standing  social justice issues.

Durrah says, “I value the people in my community and I know I can make a difference. My diverse professional background has prepared me to take on this responsibility. I am the bridge that connects residents and small businesses to local government. As the City Council member representing District 1, I will be the eyes, ears and voice for our community and speak for the responsible community-driven growth we want for all neighborhoods.”

Denver’s Sixth Annual Mother’s High Tea – Tea Along the Silk Road Is May 11th

COLORADO:  The Sixth Annual Mother’s High Tea – Tea Along the Silk Road, featuring an inspiring speaker program, activities, nonprofit education and tea menu, takes place at Denver’s McNichols Building on Friday May 11, 2018.

Organized by “Cannabis Maven” Susan Squibb, the public, non-consumption event celebrates mothers, business women and advocates in the cannabis community.

Speakers: This year’s keynote speaker is Representative Leslie Herod of House District 8 in Northeast Denver, along with Judge Shelli Williams Hayes, a retired Judge of Cook County, Illinois for 18 years, and current Chief Compliance Officer for American Standard Hemp Company, in Grand Junction, Colorado; Cindy Sovine, political consultant and CEO of Utopia All Natural Wellness Spa & Lounge in Denver, and Samantha Walsh, hemp policy expert and CEO of Tetra Public Affairs, based in Denver.

Sixth Annual Mother's High Tea- Tea Along the Silk Road is a fundraiser for Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

Sixth Annual Mother’s High Tea- Tea Along the Silk Road is a fundraiser for Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

Tea Along the Silk Road comes to life with tea buffets and catering inspired by the legendary teas and culinary regions along the Chinese Silk Road. A Chinese cultural partnership with international non profit, Confucius Institute, will feature authentic party décor, a gongfu tea demonstration, calligraphy activities, and paper crafts for guests of all ages.

Non- profits: A portion of ticket sales go toward featured nonprofit organization, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition. CCJRC is a network of organizations, faith communities, and individuals working to eliminate the overuse of the criminal justice system in Colorado.

Educational tables: Certifiably Green Denver offers free sustainability advising services to Denver’s business community and Center for Health, Work & Environment at Colorado School of Public Health leads safety training classes.

Tickets: Reserved seats, VIP tables, and general admission tickets available through AXS website. Lovely gift bags from event sponsors for all guests.

Presenting Sponsor: Eden Labs, a global company, based in Seattle, WA, engineers and manufactures commercial extraction equipment for botanical industries since 1994.

Denver To Hold Permitting Event For Marijuana Facilities March 7

COLORADO: On March 7, experts from Denver Excise and Licenses, Community Planning and Development, Denver Fire Department, and the Department of Public Health and Environment will host a forum on licensing, permitting, and inspections for the marijuana industry.

Officials will walk through requirements for new and expanding marijuana stores, centers, and grows, and answer questions on items like transferring ownership, moving a point-of-sale location, and adding security systems. The agenda includes discussion of green roofs, the best way to prepare for inspections, new online ways to apply for permits, and what comes first, the license or the permit, along with advice and expert tips.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 7 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

  • 5 pm: A presentation covering licensing, zoning, building, fire, environmental quality, health, and inspections
  • 6 pm: We’ll open the floor for Q&A

WHERE: the Denver Post building auditorium

101 W. Colfax Ave.,

Denver, CO 80202

RSVP by Tuesday, March 6 to

Women Grow Launches WomenGrow TV With LOOT Interactive On Twitch TV

Exclusive Programming, Networking Events, Interviews & Behind-the-Scenes at 2018 Leadership Summit

COLORADO: Women Grow, the cannabis industry’s largest professional networking organization, is expanding its media presence with its new channel on The online channel will officially launch during the Women Grow 2018 Leadership Summit in Denver this February 1 and 2.  WomenGrow TV (WGTV) will feature exclusive 2018 Summit content and programming that has never been available to the public. The channel will bring original programming featuring women across the country and Canada in leadership positions in the canna-industry, as well as exclusive content from Women Grow meetings & events–access previously only granted to Women Grow members.

“We are excited to announce WomenGrow TV in partnership with LOOT Interactive; this channel will be dedicated to the cannabis industry, and led by women,” said Kristina Garcia, CEO of Women Grow. “Our channel will provide viewers an inside look to programming focused on cannabis startups, wellness, one-on-one interviews with industry leaders, Women Grow Signature Networking meetings, and more. WomenGrow TV will be the first channel fully dedicated to women and women led businesses in the cannabis industry.”

WGTV is a natural fit for Twitch,” said LOOT Interactive’s Managing Director, David Sterling. “We’re thrilled to help bring Women Grow to Twitch’s global audience and help empower entrepreneurs with female-oriented content about the cannabis industry that’s both relevant and entertaining.” In addition to being the development house for the Twitch PlayStation app, LOOT Interactive is a publisher and developer of video games, OTT apps, VR experiences, and high-profile Twitch channels. Clients include Twitch, Red Bull Media House, the NBA, NHL, MLB, Buzz Aldrin, the Harold Lloyd Estate, and many more.

WomenGrow TV soft launched in early December 2017  and currently has  programming  streaming on its platform from 2017 Leadership Summit Lightning Talks, popular video archives, and personal profiles of Women Grow’s leadership team.  The full content of Leadership Summit’s signature “Lightning Talks” will be made available following the completion of the 2018 event.

Twitch is a live streaming video platform owned by Twitch Interactive, a subsidiary of, launched in June 2011.

To learn more about the Women Grow 2018 Leadership Summit or to purchase tickets, visit All events will be held at The Westin Denver Downtown, centrally located at 1672 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO.

Kirke LLC/Metro Denver Telluride Health Center LLC Voluntarily Recalls Medical Marijuana Due to Pesticide Residues

COLORADO: A Denver marijuana cultivation business Kirke LLC/Metro Denver Telluride Health Center LLC, doing business as The Hemp Center Colorado Springs and The Hemp Center, is voluntarily recalling all medical marijuana due to the presence of potentially unsafe pesticide residues.

Samples of marijuana tested during a (DEH) investigation contained residual levels of Avermectin, Bifenazate, Imidacloprid and Myclobutanil, pesticides that the Colorado Department of Agriculture has determined cannot be used legally on marijuana in Colorado.
Medical marijuana plant materials subject to this recall were sold at The Hemp Center Colorado Springs located at 2501 West Colorado Avenue, Suite 106 in Colorado Springs, and The Hemp Center located at 2430 West Main Street in Littleton. All medical marijuana bearing labels with OPC codes of 403-00892 or 403-00899 are subject to this recall. Kirke LLC/Metro Denver Telluride Health Center LLC’s grow facility is located in Denver.

Product Identity: Source OPC: Purchased From:
All Medical Marijuana 403-00892, 403-00899 The Hemp Center Colorado Springs
2501 W Colorado Ave. Suite 106
Colorado Springs, CO  80904
License # 402-00597
All Medical Marijuana 403-00892, 403-00899 The Hemp Center
2430 W Main St
Littleton, CO  80120
License # 402-00602

Consumers who have these recalled products should dispose of the products or return them to the store from which they were purchased. For more information about the recall, contact The Hemp Center Colorado Springs or The Hemp Center at

There have been no reports of illness. The possible health impact of consuming marijuana products with unapproved pesticide residues is unknown. Short- and long-term health impacts may exist depending on the specific product, duration, frequency, level of exposure and route of exposure. Consumers with concerns about their personal health should contact their physician with related questions.

The Denver Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is investigating this issue and overseeing the recall process to remove potentially contaminated products from commercial circulation. DEH conducts inspections of marijuana-infused product manufacturers and retail locations in Denver and investigates related complaints.  

Consumers with questions or concerns about recalled product or pesticide residues in marijuana products are encouraged to contact the product retailer and/or the DEH Public Health Inspections division at or 720-913-1311.

As Denver’s nationally-accredited local public health agency, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is dedicated to advancing Denver’s environmental and public health goals. DEH Divisions include Denver Animal Protection, Community Health, Environmental Quality, Office of the Medical Examiner and Public Health Inspections.
For more information about Environmental Health visit

4 & 20 Blackbirds Presents Fifth Annual Mother’s High Tea On May 12 In Denver

COLORADO: 4 & 20 Blackbirdswill present Fifth Annual Mother’s High Tea, taking place at  on Friday May 12, 2017, featuring an inspiring speaker program, activities, nonprofit education and tea menu. Mother’s High Tea is a non-consumption event celebrating business women, mothers and advocates in the cannabis community.

This year’s featured national speakers are

  • Diane Czarkowski, Founding Partner Canna Advisors and Founding Benefactor of Women Grow from Boulder, Colorado,
  • Nina Parks, CEO of Mirage Medicinal and Co-founder of Supernova Women from San    Francisco, California,
  • Ah Warner, CEO of Cannabis Basics and founder of private social club, Women of Weed from Seattle,Washington and
  • Sonia Espinosa, co founder of Cannabis Cultural Association and Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council from Boston, Massachusetts.

Mother’s High Tea is possible by the generous sponsorship of Eden Labs and Mary’s Medicinals.

Eden Labs doesn’t just build systems, we build industry. Eden Labs has developed safe extraction methodologies for 21 years because we believe in health and wellness through botanicals…for the health of the world and the people we love.

Mary’s Medicinals, best known as the developer of the award-winning transdermal cannabis patch, Mary’s Medicinals innovates at the intersection of technology and horticulture, transforming how people view and utilize cannabis by developing accurately-dosed, natural pain-relief products that maximize the benefits of cannabinoids, terpenes and other plant nutrients.

Diane Czarkowski is a Founding Partner of Canna Advisors,a cannabis consulting firm serving competitive, emerging markets. As an influential industry leader, Diane owned one of the first dispensary and cultivation operations in Colorado and has over a decade of experience in real estate development. A Founding Benefactor of Women Grow and Founding Member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, she is a Lifetime Member of The ArcView Group, and a sustaining member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the Marijuana Policy Project. In 2016 she was named one of the 50 Most Important Women in Cannabis by Cannabis Business Executive and received The Arcview Group’s Outstanding Member award. She is recently featured in the book, Breaking the Grass Ceiling: Women, Weed and Business.​

Nina Parks is the CEO of Mirage Medicinal, a California state-certified medicinal cannabis cooperative.  Parks is one of the co-founders of Supernova Women, a group designed to empower people of color to be stakeholders in the cannabis economy. As an artist,poet, community organizer or activist, Nina dives head first into the changes to the regulated Calfornia marijuana market.

Ah Warner is the CEO of Cannabis Basics. Since 1995, Cannabis Basics award winning topicals utilize the best industrial hemp and marijuana therapeutics. Ah is a proud member of the Cannabis Committee of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and Founder of International Cannabis Health and Beauty Aids Producer’s Alliance, (ICHABAPA). She is a guiding member of NORML Women of Washington, and  (MJBA) Marijuana Business Association’s Women’s Alliance. She is the founder of the private social club, Women of Weed. She was a recipient of the MJBA Women’s Alliance Award for her focus and dedication to the women in Washington’s Cannabis Industry Recently, Ah successfully lobbied for legislative changes to Cannabis Health and Beauty Aids (CHABA)  which now legally allow for cannabis topicals to be sold in mainstream stores in Washington state. Cannabis Basics is at the forefront of federal trademark protection. In 2015, the company was issued a registered trademark from US Patent and Trademark Office for the Cannabis Basics name and leaf logo.

Sonia Espinosa’s academic work explored the relationship between the nation’s “booming cannabis industry” and access through race, class, and citizenship. Prior to graduating with Harvard’s class of 2016, Espinosa co-founded the Cannabis Cultural Association (CCA), an organization which strives to involve underrepresented communities in the legal cannabis/hemp industry, by providing informational workshops, cultural programs, and community events with an emphasis on issues disproportionately affecting communities of color. Currently, Sonia is focused on Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council (MRCC),  whose efforts bridge the gap between communities and local legislators. #WeedTalk, is an educational series that helps people understand the new cannabis laws through visual chronicles of the science, culture, technology, and economics of marijuana legalization. Additionally, Sonia runs @EatMe.Land, a cannabis art collective.

 General admission, children tickets and reserved VIP tables are on sale through AXS website and box offices.  

Use the code TEATIME10 at check out to save 10% off the ticket price.

Colorado To Cannabis Retailers: How We Doing?

COLORADO:  The State of Colorado wants to be a better partner it’s legally-licensed pot shops, and in an effort to better understand their needs has tapped the expertise of Clear Voice Research to conduct a first-ever research study.  Designed to help inform how the Colorado Department of Health and Environment can be a better partner to the state’s marijuana retailers, and make improvements to its Good to Know campaign, the state is scheduling 75-minute focus groups for April 10 and 11 across Colorado, and is seeking industry participants.  If you qualify for and complete the focus group you will be rewarded $60 cash.

Good To Know

The purpose of the study is to better understand customer experiences in predominantly recreational marijuana dispensaries across the state. For that reason, this survey be completed by staff members who work in the “front of house” and is responsible for handling customer interactions and transactions.

Think that’s you? Click HERE to continue. 

Not you, but you think your staff would be interested? Please forward this email along to them.

Your time and participation are greatly appreciated! If you have any questions or problems with the survey, please contact Kate directly at or at 303-895-3596.

The fine print: This survey is being conducted by ClearVoice Research, Inc. an independent research firm based in Denver, Colorado. ClearVoice Research respects your privacy and any answers or information you share with us will remain completely confidential. This email contact is for research purposes only. Nothing you share with us will ever be used for sales or marketing purposes.

Diego Pellicer Worldwide Tenant’s Secure New Licenses For Operations in Colorado

COLORADO: Diego Pellicer Worldwide, a real estate and consumer retail development company that is focused on developing the world’s first “premium” cannabis brand, today announced that their Colorado tenants have been approved for three new state licenses for medical and retail operations in the state of Colorado. Diego Pellicer Worldwide’s tenants have been approved for a total of ten state licenses at three properties in Denver, CO.

The West Alameda Avenue property has received its medical marijuana center and retail marijuana store licenses by the state ofColorado. The 3,300 square foot property is currently under construction with operations expected to begin late fourth quarter of 2016. The tenants have eight additional state licenses at its Elizabeth Street and Jason Street properties with the Elizabeth Street property recently securing a recreational Marijuana Infused Product license to its facility.  The Elizabeth and Jason Streetproperties represent almost 40,000 square feet of cannabis production capacity and both are currently in operation.

Ron Throgmartin, CEO of Diego Pellicer Worldwide, stated, “The licenses our tenants have secured for the West Alameda property is a step closer to expanding Diego Pellicer’s footprint in the Colorado market as we strive to become the premium cannabis brand in the industry. It is our goal to become the premium brand in the U.S. cannabis market and capitalize on the long term potential of this industry. The progress of our tenants’ operations in Colorado, and the upcoming opening of our branded flagship store in Seattle, allows us to take one step closer to achieving our goals.”

Charity Gives Free Marijuana Joints To Homeless In Denver On Christmas Eve

COLORADO: A nonprofit in Denver, Colorado, gave away thousands of free, pre-rolled marijuana joints to the homeless and anyone else who wanted one on Christmas Eve, in an out-of-the box attempt to raise awareness about homelessness.

“Merry Christmas and a puff puff New Year’s!” said one woman who accepted a joint from the Cannabis Can volunteers, a local ABC affiliate reported.

Highlights From The National Cannabis Summit in Denver

COLORADO: The first National Cannabis Summit, the inaugural show from MJ Conferences’ Bruce and Andy Passen, was held October 12-13th at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Denver, Colorado.

Approximately 500 Cannabis Industry Professionals gathered for the first-time trade event, most to attend an impressive lineup of panelists and speakers, including: Andrew Freeman, Director of Marijuana Coordination for the State of Colorado; Dixie Elixirs CEO Tripp Keber; Privateer Holdings founder Brendan Kennedy; Paul Campbell, Leafly; Nurse Heather Manus; 420 Investor Alan Brochstein; Dr. Sue Sisley, and the MJBA’s David Rheins.

Event Producers Bruce and Andy Passen

Event Producers, MJ Conferences’ Bruce and Andy Passen

Marijuana Channel One,’s sister b2b video network on YouTube published by the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA), was there to cover the industry happening, and compiled the following photo slideshow of the event:


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